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1800 Unser Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 871201800 Unser Blvd NW
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.53(4.7k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Unser - 1800 Unser Blvd NW
Loved the lady in reception, super nice and even the guy who did my blood pressure was super helpful and friendly. The doc who saw me was very rude and almost combative. She was supposed to send script for my Covid meds but I  still waiting for her to do so. I’ve called and asked to send them again but still waiting for script to be received.

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1630 Rio Rancho Blvd SE, Rio Rancho, NM 871241630 Rio Rancho Blvd SE
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.54(7.5k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Rio Rancho - 1630 Rio Rancho Blvd SE, Rio Rancho
Able to make appointment the same day. Check-in very easy. Roxanne was great. She apologized for the wait (it wasn't very long though). She was caring and very efficient. Eric, the provider, was also great. Very good bed-side manner. Explained everything and made sure my questions were answered. This is my go to Urgent Care clinic every time.

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2701 Carlisle Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 871072701 Carlisle Blvd NE
Open until 9:00 am
  • Mon 7:00 am - 9:00 am
  • Tue 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 9:00 am
  • Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 9:00 am
  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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3632 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 871103632 Menaul Blvd NE
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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2211 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 871062211 Lomas Blvd NE
Open until11:00 am
  • Mon 7:00 am - 11:00 am
  • TueUnknown
  • Wed 7:00 am - 11:00 am
  • ThuUnknown
  • Fri12:00 am - 11:00 am
  • SatUnknown
  • SunUnknown
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4340 San Mateo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 871104340 San Mateo Blvd NE
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
5.0(1 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

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MinuteClinic® at CVS®, San Mateo Blvd NE, Albuquerque - 4340 San Mateo Blvd NE, Albuquerque
Excellent care. Always friendly and polite. Michael the NP was professional and quick.
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4700 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 871074700 4th St NW
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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522 San Mateo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108522 San Mateo Blvd NE
Open until 4:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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601 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102601 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Ave NE
Open until11:00 am
  • Mon 8:00 am - 11:00 am
  • TueUnknown
  • Wed 8:00 am - 11:00 am
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  • Fri 8:00 am - 11:00 am
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1717 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 871101717 Louisiana Blvd NE
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
Passport Health, Albuquerque Travel Clinic - 1717 Louisiana Blvd NE
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1501 San Pedro Dr SE, Albuquerque, NM 871081501 San Pedro Dr SE
Open until11:59 pm
  • Mon12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Tue12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Wed12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Thu12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Fri12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sat12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sun12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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7900 San Pedro Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 871097900 San Pedro Dr NE
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Absolutely love this place! From the staff to the aesthetics and vibes, it is top notch. Everyone is super friendly and the pharmacists are extremely knowledgeable! Definitely recommend them!
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2929 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 871202929 Coors Blvd NW
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • SatUnknown
  • SunUnknown
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5850 Eubank Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 871115850 Eubank Blvd NE
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sun 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
3.4(5 reviews)
I am so sick. Went here and was given excellent care. The nurse was excellent and the nurse practitioner was knowledgeable, kind, and humorous. I needed that! I’ve got the bad flu and they put me on fluids. I feel better.
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11601 Montgomery Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 8711111601 Montgomery Blvd NE
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
4.1(66 reviews)
I called back trying to see if I could have that doctor be my primary care doctor because the care was so great.
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101 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87121101 Coors Blvd NW
Open until10:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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7900 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 871217900 Central Ave SW
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 am
  • Fri 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
CVS Pharmacy - 7900 Central Ave SW
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7847 Tramway Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 871227847 Tramway Blvd NE
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 am
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun11:00 am - 5:00 pm
CVS Pharmacy, The Commoms Shopping Center - 7847 Tramway Blvd NE
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1760 Grande Blvd SE, Rio Rancho, NM 871241760 Grande Blvd SE
Open until 4:30 pm
  • Mon 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Tue 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wed 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Thu 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Fri 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
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10700 Unser Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 8711410700 Unser Blvd NW
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 am
  • Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
CVS Pharmacy - 10700 Unser Blvd NW
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Recent COVID-19 Testing Reviews (20)

I recommend the management of the location install plexiglass shields for the receptionists, I was very surprised that people coming in to get Covid tests are very close to the receptionist and the only precautions are masks when Additional measures can easily be implemented to protect the staff. There was not a lot of information on the cost of the appointment the details of my appointments or anything to take with me at the end of the appointment, it was all verbal and online so I was unsure what test I was actually getting and the cost. I also recommend the management review the process for getting information from the patient I filled out quite a bit online about my history and symptoms however, I was also asked in the room some of the same questions by two different individuals. Other than those recommendations everything was excellent and the staff were very friendly and fast.

- Verified patient on 10/13

We had gotten back from a trip across the country and self quarantined for several days. When the covid test was scheduled we were only able to schedule our daughter on Thursday, October 8, *** because all the appointment slots were booked up. My wife and I were with her in hope that they could squeeze us all in. That was exactly what they did, saving us all an extra day of waiting for the results. The entire staff was very kind to us and made us feel very comfortable!

- Verified patient on 10/9

I came in for a Covid test and thought that after having Covid-19 for about 2 weeks I thought the doctor would listen to my lungs and heart at least all they did was check my blood pressure and no weight gotten. I told him I had copd so thought he would listen to my lungs but didn’t. I did wait a little longer than I thought I should but they are short staffed. All in all it was good experience. I booked on line.

- Verified patient on 12/7

Although it was a wait time of two hours, I can totally understand it due to the increased need for Covid testing. I also was fortunate enough to live only five minutes from the facility and they agreed that I could leave and come back. If I had to wait there two hours it would’ve been pretty uncomfortable. The staff was very friendly and efficient and I would not hesitate to go back for a different problem. Great job team!

- Verified patient on 10/21

The wait time was very disappointing, Because... When I set up my initial appointment on line, I was never informed that I could still have a two hour wait. Also, my initial appointment was postponed and rescheduled only to find out that I could still have an hour wait. I think the potential wait time could have been a reason "not" to utilize NextCare U.R. fir my Covid test. Respectfully.... A.A.C. .

- Verified patient on 8/7

The whole experience to get a Covid test was 3 hours. At least half of that was outside in the cold. I kept thinking about all those people who were really sick with covert standing there in the cold. O I recommend a faster check in process so people can go right away and sit in their cars to wait for a call.

- Verified patient on 11/19

I came in very last minute to get a walk-in COVID test. The staff was very friendly and patient. I appreciate that they allowed me to get a test even though they were nearing closing time. I would definitely come here again and recommend this place to friends, family, and coworkers.

- Verified patient on 10/1

Could do better about explaining some requirements for covid testing specially for those who do not speak English. Follow the waiting line as people get there and not skip you a few times. Staff needs to be a bit more friendly.

- Verified patient on 11/24

I went to use restroom and there was no soap in the dispenser. I was broken. I was also seen for a covid test. Would prefer the rapid test. People don't like to wait to know if they have covid.

- Verified patient on 9/15

The ladies at the front desk were phenomenal there were 20 walk ins within 20 min. GREAT customer service with minimal wait time especially considering Covid testing. Friendly caring and courteous. Thank you to the ENTIRE STAFF....

- Verified patient on 7/8

The staff I met during my appointment were awesome. The person I spoke to over the phone was not there that day, she is rude. My five stars are for the day I had my Covid test.

- Verified patient on 11/17

I was there in August for my Covid test and again this morning, this is a clean place, friendly staff and yes I would recommend to my family and friends. Thank you for your services.

- Verified patient on 9/20

We had to a wait a while but that is completely understandable! We appreciate it and they communicated the whole process to get the covid testing. I’m thankful for them! They were wonderful!

- Verified patient on 5/18

I was so grateful to be able to find a walk-in COVID testing site! The wait was manageable and the nurse administering was exceptional with her sincere calm and compassion. Thank you!

- Verified patient on 9/30

Every single person treated me with kindness and compassion. I was very nervous for my Covid test and they made me feel comfortable. Also it didn’t hurt like everyone has said!

- Verified patient on 11/9

I needed a Covid test and I just walked in filled out paperwork, spoke with a nurse who took information and then another nurse took my test and I was done

- Verified patient on 10/20

I went to get a covid test and it was a good (or as good as getting a covid rest can be) experience. The staff was very nice and helpful.

- Verified patient on 7/11

Checked in at 1:22 for a 1:30 appointment. Did not get seen until 4. This appointment was for a covid test. Was told it would only take a few minutes.

- Verified patient on 8/24

Visiting from out of state and needed a COVID test while visiting family. This was a good experience. Not crowded, sufficient 6 ft seating. Very clean. Staff friendly and helpful.

- Verified patient on 9/21

Waited due to Covid-19 testing, not to bad. Staff was great, friendly and organized. I would go back again even if it wasnt for a Covid test. Thank you

- Verified patient on 11/20

About COVID Testing

Types of COVID Tests

There are two types of coronavirus tests (COVID-19 tests) available, those that can test for a current infection (viral test) and those that can test for a past infection (antibody test).

Viral COVID testing can be done in a few different ways, the most common being nose swabs, but saliva tests are becoming more popular. Some tests are processed out on-site and can provide results in as little as 30 minutes. These are called rapid COVID tests. The majority of tests, on the other hand, are collected at the clinic on-site and then submitted to off-site labs for processing. Results can take up to 2-3 days to arrive. 

Antibody testing looks for a past infection and may not reveal if you have an active COVID-19 infection because antibodies can take up to three weeks to form in your body. The presence of COVID antibodies may help to prevent you from becoming infected with the same virus again; but, because the clinical understanding of COVID-19 is still developing, it's unclear how long that protection will continue.

Who should get tested for current infection

The CDC currently defines four instances where COVID testing is recommended:

  1. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
  2. If you have been in close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19. Close contact is defined as within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. If you have been vaccinated, or tested positive in the past 3 months and not experiencing symptoms, you do not need to be tested.
  3. If you are unvaccinated and participated in high-risk activities where distancing is not an option. This could include travel, large social or mass gatherings, crowded indoor settings, etc.
  4. If you have been referred to get a COVID test by your healthcare provider or local health department. 

How is testing done for COVID-19?

Most COVID tests are collected by a nasal swab. A member of the medical team puts a swab inside your nose for a few seconds on each side to collect the sample. After that, the samples are packaged according to CDC guidelines and tested on-site or transported to a facility for testing. The lab will test samples for the presence of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which causes COVID infection and either your care provider or the lab will notify you with the results as soon as they are available.

Molecular vs Antigen Tests

Viral COVID tests are available as molecular and antigen tests. The molecular test, also known as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, usually delivers results within a few days since most of these tests are sent to offsite labs for analysis. The average turnaround time for PCR test results is 48 hours, but in some instances may be significantly longer due to backlogs related to insufficient lab volume and capacity. Antigen tests are also known as rapid tests and have an average turnaround time of between 15 to 30 minutes.

Both PCR and rapid COVID tests can be used to test people exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, those who were close contacts to COVID-19, and those without COVID-19 symptoms who live or work in a high-risk setting (such as a nursing facility); or those individuals who are identified as part of outbreak detection and response. The rapid COVID test is also recommended for the screening of residents or healthcare workers at skilled nursing facilities along with a PCR confirmation, and for repeat screening for the early detection and prevention of outbreaks in congregate settings (such as schools, workplaces, and prisons).

COVID testing is available for free under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes testing for those without health insurance. To reduce the risk of facing extra costs related to COVID testing, ask your primary care doctor to recommend a free COVID test site, and confirm there are no charges or fees for the test that are not covered by your insurance plan. Additionally, avoid getting a COVID test at a hospital or free-standing emergency room, as these facilities may charge fees for COVID testing and related services.

COVID-19 Testing FAQs

  • How much does COVID testing cost?

    COVID testing can be free in many circumstances. As part of their response to the epidemic, many New Mexico health departments continue to provide free testing to community citizens. In some situations, commercially insured patients, as well as those on Medicare or Medicaid, may be able to get testing for free or for a small office visit fee. COVID tests can cost anything from $50 to $150 each test for cash-paying individuals or those who require speedy answers in under an hour. It's best to call your doctor before getting tested so you can get a better idea of how much the test will cost.

  • Where can I get free COVID testing?

    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which covers testing for people without health insurance, makes COVID testing free nationwide. Check with your local New Mexico health department for details since they are usually an excellent source of free COVID tests, or can at least lead you in the proper way. You can also ask your health care practitioner for a recommendation for a free COVID test location.

  • Where can I get COVID testing in New Mexico?

    COVID testing is available at many outlets near New Mexico including urgent care centers, retail clinics, primary care offices, health departments, and more. Different venues will have different types of tests available, many at different price points. Some testing sites are allowing walk-in patients, however, many are still requiring some degree of advance booking to control patient volume.

  • Where can I get a rapid COVID test in New Mexico?

    Rapid testing—both PCR (molecular) and antigen tests—is offered through many New Mexico-area urgent care centers and physician offices, usually at an additional cost ranging from $50 up to $150 per test. Usually this will allow you to get results back in under an hour, and require advanced booking through the provider. However, if you can wait 24 hours for your results, many labs are turning around send-out lab tests in that time frame, which could save you some money.

  • How to make an appointment for COVID testing in New Mexico?

    Same-day and next day appointments for COVID testing in New Mexico are bookable directly through Solv. Simply browse the list of healthcare providers conducting COVID tests above, find one with a “Book Online” button, and book a time that aligns with your schedule stating “COVID-19 Test” as your reason for visit.

  • Can I get tested for antibodies if I am sick with COVID-19?

    An antibody test for COVID-19 might inform you if you previously had a coronavirus infection. Because it can take between 1–3 weeks after an infection for your body to develop these antibodies, an antibody test during an active infection would not be successful. To see if you are currently infected, you need a viral test.

  • Do I need a COVID test if I have been vaccinated?

    Even if you have been fully vaccinated, scientists feel you should be checked if you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, especially if you are suffering cold or flu symptoms that are usually associated with the coronavirus.

  • How long does COVID testing take?

    A COVID test is quick. A nasal swab is used for the majority of tests, and it takes less than a minute to swab both nostrils. This means you might be in and out of the testing center in as little as 10-15 minutes, depending on where you obtain your COVID test. Testing sites may be busier than usual during popular seasons, especially around holidays, and wait times may be higher.

  • How long does it take to get COVID test results?

    Most labs are sending out COVID test results via molecular (PCR) within 24-48 hours of the test. Some sites take longer, so call and ask if the reason for the test is proof for travel. Rapid tests are processed on-site and can provide findings in less than an hour, sometimes as quickly as 15 minutes.

  • Do COVID tests detect the Delta variant and Omicron variant?

    Regular COVID tests are able to detect both the Delta variant and Omicron variant in that they can determine whether or not you have the coronavirus. However, they can't tell which variation is involved. That would necessitate genomic sequencing, which is a different process from regular virus testing that not all labs can undertake. Sequencing is uncommon and can cost up to $100 per test. Since the treatment is the same for any variant, it is not clinically useful to an individual patient to know whether the infection was caused by a variant or not.

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